Position Announcement

Position Announcement
Publisher and Chief Executive Officer
The Connecticut News Project, Inc.

The Connecticut News Project, Inc. (CNP), a four-year-old Connecticut nonprofit organization that publishes the award-winning online news site CT Mirror (www.ctmirror.org), seeks a Publisher and Chief Executive Officer to lead the enterprise through its next stage of growth.  This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic and entrepreneurial individual who passionately supports the principle that all members of a democracy must have current, accurate information about their government.

The Connecticut News Project, Inc. CNP was established in July 2009 to develop an online news site, The Connecticut Mirror, to address the void in coverage of Connecticut’s government.  The Mirror quickly has grown from a bold idea to a well-respected, well-read source of high-quality, in-depth news reporting about issues affecting the state. Its editor, Jenifer Frank, and 10 full-time and freelance reporters, have shone light on the workings of our state and national governments through more than 5,000 stories, capturing multiple national, regional, and state awards along the way.

CNP is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. CNP’s primary office is in Hartford.

The responsibilities of the position. The CEO/Publisher is responsible for the business side of CNP, specifically, strategically managing its organizational growth and acting as the chief fundraiser for the news site.  The CEO/Publisher also is responsible for establishing, maintaining, and enhancing its administrative structures, operations, and resource base.  Working in close partnership with CNP’s Editor and its Board of Directors, the new CEO/Publisher will help craft and implement a strategic plan to expand our news coverage to satisfy more information needs, enhance civic engagement, reach more people who only use new technology, and assure CNP’s long-term fiscal stability and growth.  The specific responsibilities of the position include:

  • Leadership. With the editor, be the symbolic leader and spokesperson for the organization, able to communicate and raise the visibility of the organization and its vision, mission, and activities and to implement its goals, objectives, and strategies for growth and development. Report to the Board on all financial and administrative matters.
  • Fiscal planning and development. Develop an annual budget for Board review and work with the Board to develop and implement a plan to expand the resources of the organization, through grants, individual donations, major donor gifts, corporate sponsorships and advertisements, and innovative strategies. Monitor revenues and expenditures, assure that sound financial systems are developed and maintained, and provide leadership to the organization’s development efforts.
  • Program planning and management. Develop and implement an annual work plan that furthers the organization’s administrative and strategic goals. With the editor, seek opportunities for partnerships with other organizations having complementary missions. Implement an enrichment program for young journalists and student interns working with CNP, in collaboration with the editor.
  • Operational planning and management. Assume responsibility and improve systems for all administrative operations, including CNP’s office; financial and personnel management systems; grants management and donor development systems; and state and federal nonprofit organization compliance activities. Assure that CNP’s news operation has adequate support to accomplish its mission on a day-to-day basis.
  • New technologies integration. Keep abreast of new technologies and business models to be able to evaluate their relevance to CNP’s vision. Maintain awareness of industry trends and competitive landscape: design, content, user interfaces, social media, information architecture of digital media sites and other Media and News and Information websites.

The qualities sought in the next Publisher/CEO. CNP seeks an individual who is an innovator, with an entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment to excellence, a passion to protect and advance superlative journalism and promote robust civic engagement, and the ability to adapt to change.  Applicants should have significant managerial experience in either a nonprofit or for-profit organization; demonstrated successful development and fundraising experience; experience in hiring, mentoring, and evaluating staff; and excellent oral and written communication skills.  A demonstrated capacity for strategic and innovative thinking and planning, and for developing and maintaining partnerships and collaborations, is essential.  Some experience with new media strategies is strongly preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please apply by sending a detailed resume and a cover letter summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position to: cnpceosearch@gmail.com.  The review of candidates will begin immediately, with a goal of hiring no later than early June. Applications should be submitted by April 30, 2013.  CNP seeks diversity in its staff at all levels.

The Board members are Julie Belaga, Marcia Chambers, William Cibes, Jr., Jeannette DeJesus; Juan Figueroa, Shelley Geballe; Morgan McGinley, Stanley Twardy, Jr., and Fahd Vahidy.  For bios of Board members, see: www.ctmirror.org/about-us/board.